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For Louie Alas, nothing but an equalizer

Monday, 24 September 2007 11 Comments

Louie Alas, Head Coach of the Letran Knights, has only one thing in mind – to equalize the series.

“It is now or never for us,� said Alas, referring to Letran’s second game against reigning champion San Beda on September 26. “We have to regroup and win in Game two. Otherwise, the Red Lions will retain the title.�

Letran lost to San Beda in Game 1 of their best-of-three championship series, 76-68, last September 19 and provided the Red Lions a one-game advantage to retain last year’s basketball crown.

Despite the one-game disadvantage, the Knights remain confident that they could forge a rubber match if they keep playing tough on the defensive end against the Red Lions.

“I’m in this kind of situation many times,� said Alas, 40, who guided the Letran Knights to 1998, 2003 and 2005 NCAA titles. “Although the San Beda Red Lions are really strong, I still believe they are beatable.�

Letran was beaten by PCU in the first game of the 2005 Finals, but the Knights won two straight wins to claim the title. Alas firmly believes that the series is not yet over.

“It’s a (three-game) series, and the Red Lions only won one game. They need to win one more to win the championship. So it is not over yet.�

The Knights and the defending champions San Beda Red Lions clash anew on September 26, Wednesday 3pm at the Araneta Coliseum.

Alas said though that the Knights “must be consistent” on their defense, have to play at both ends and deny the Red Lions pick-and-roll play.

“Consistency was our problem in Game One,� he said. “We have to remain focused for 40 minutes. I know the willingness and desire to win is still there.�

Alas, actually, stopped Samuel Ekwe most of the time, limiting him to only 14 points and 18 rebounds in Game one due to the Knights’ double-team.

But they forgot Rogemar Menor, a third year forward, who shattered the 53-all count and turned it to 58-53 lead after hitting a lay-up and a triple.

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  • duuuh says:

    well see mr alas..just let ur players humble themselves and stop the trash talks. that’s unsportsmanship.

  • mang roger says:

    kita kita bukas sa araneta… dalawang basket ng balut ang dala ko!

  • math01 says:

    nakakatakot kung magsalita si Alas ng ganito, kase magaling tlga cya.. pero sa mga bedista.. wag tayong makalimot sa ating misyon.. B2B@83

  • christian says:

    Alas, actually, stopped Samuel Ekwe most of the time, limiting him to only 14 points and 18 rebounds in Game one due to the Knights’ double-team.

    - That’s Sam’s average, coach. Bedans let’s pray that we end the series tomorrow.

    Go Red Lions!

  • Enav323 says:

    MANG ROGER bawal foodz sa loob! pero dala ka pa rin ng chicharon!

  • Boy Pakwan says:

    I believe Mr. Alas is a great great coach in and out of the court but the Lions Pride will prevail.

    Coach Louie was trying to conditioned not only the spectators but more importantly the referees by constantly saying they will play tough defense (translated into hard fouls by Daa, Reposar, Dangcal, Quinday, and even mild mannered Jazul). I do hope the referees will see the knights dubios intentions.

    But the Lions have prepared to bruised black and blue and was not trapped into a rugged redneck basketbrawl. They played with a lions heart and focus, and lots of pride.

    See you at Araneta

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  • kobe81 says:

    mukhang maganda ang laban bukas… ipagdasal nalang naten na magchampion ulit tayo… kung di man bukas, sa friday…

    Go San Beda Fight!

  • westillbelieve says:

    he who doubt, dies!
    -koy Banal


    Go San Beda Fight!

  • sabi mo says:

    well, kung nagawa mo before magchampion na talo ng first game, ibahin mo ang laro ng redlions sa finals…. hindi rin magpapatalo ng basta basta redlions…. hehe

  • mang roger says:

    Enav323! Libre chicharon mamaya kung panalo tayo!! hingi tayo ng permit sa NCAA para makapagbenta ako sa loob… hehehe… good luck saten mamaya!!! woohoo!!!

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